Dhaka, Aug. 5 (PTI): The Bangladesh Supreme Court today rejected a plea by the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party against a high court verdict that declared it illegal and barred it from contesting future elections.
The chamber judge of the appellate division, Justice A.H.M. Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik, rejected the Jamaat’s petition seeking a stay on the August 1 verdict.
The judge said there was no merit in the stay petition and the petitioner’s lawyer did not place any argument in support of it, The Daily Star reported.
The Jamaat could move a regular appeal before the appellate division against the verdict after getting its full text, the judge said.
The high court had scrapped the Jamaat’s registration with the election commission and disqualified the country’s once-most powerful right-wing outfit from contesting future polls following a writ petition saying its charter breached the secular constitution.
Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s secretary-general R.H. Chandpuri and 24 others had filed the writ petition on January 25, 2009. Tariqat is a group that preaches Sufi philosophy and promotes secularism.
In the petition, they said the Jamaat was a religion-based political party and that the Representation of People Order law does not allow the registration of a communal outfit as a political party.
The verdict last week came amid intensified demands for outlawing the Jamaat, which is blamed for “crimes against humanity” during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.
The Jamaat is a crucial ally of the main Opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, headed by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.